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's the latest from tokyo at this moment. back to you guys. >>> the crisis in japan has some people wondering about the safety of our nuclear plant. there are 104 facilities in this country, and one of them is in maryland at the coward cliffs plant, 50 miles from washington, d.c. and as derrick ward reports, officials there say a situation like the one in japan not likely here, but they say that they are ready just in case. >> reporter: a world away in japan, there is fear and uncertainty as damaged nuclear reactors lead to what's being called radiation anxiety among those potentially exposed and something more serious among those definitely exposed. in maryland, they're not anxious but not ignoring the events of japan either. >> we'll have industry experts deep deeply engaged with the aftermath to understand what went well, what didn't go well, and apply those lessons learned to our industry. >> reporter: the emergency operations facility near the plant is hub of the preparedness in the event of an incident where they would monitor everything from radiation output to media coverage of the ev
. >>> to the disaster in japan now. the contamination both in and around the that damaged nuclear plant is growing. today the amount of radiation in the water that's been flooding the plant reached a level 100,000 times higher than normal. and today, plutonium, another radioactive substance, was detected in the soil around the complex. the contamination is believed to be the result of a partial meltdown in the core of that complex. all of this, of course, follows that march 11th earthquake and tsunami in japan. because of that disaster, health authorities all over the country and in our area are monitoring air and water quality. this afternoon, maryland officials announced a very small amount of radioactive iodine was detected in a rain water sample taken in baltimore. but as chris gordon reports now, authorities say it does not pose a health risk. >> reporter: our tap water is being tested to make sure it is safe, and officials say it is. the maryland and virginia health departments are monitoring samples that have been taken from reservoirs, rivers and rain water to check whether radiation from
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